Punjab and Services won Women’s and Men’s gold at 35th National Games

Punjab defeated Haryana by 3-1 to win the women’s hockey gold at 35th National Games in Kerala, while Services outclassed Odisha by 8-2 to grab the men’s hockey gold medal at New Hockey Stadium, Kollam. Jharkhand eves finished third by defeating Odisha 2-0, while Haryana men edged past Jharkhand in nerve wrecking shoot-out by 7-6 to win men’s hockey bronze medal.

Services: Men's Hockey Gold Medalists at 35th National Games 2015, Kollam (Kerala)

Services: Men’s Hockey Gold Medalists at 35th National Games 2015, Kollam (Kerala)

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Services vs Odisha (M) and Haryana vs Punjab (W) in Finals of National Games 2015

Services and Odisha are set to play the men’s final, while Haryana and Punjab playing in Women’s final of hockey at 35th National Games has reached its business end at New Hockey Stadium, Kollam, Kerala.

Hockey at Kerala National Games 2015 in Kollam

Hockey at Kerala National Games 2015 in Kollam

In two exhilarating semi final games of men’s hockey, Jharkhand took on SSCB in the first match whilst Odisha clashed with Haryana in the next, with a single intention to defeat their opponent and reach into the all-important finals before walking away with the title. While SSCB defeated Jharkhand by 5-1, Odisha and Haryana fought it out in the shoot out where Odisha scored in the sudden death to emerge victorious and book a berth in the finals.

In the women’s section, Haryana took on Jharkhand and Odisha women challenged the mighty Punjab, early morning today. Whilst Haryana and Jharkhand battled it out in the Shoot-Out phase with Haryana finally winning the game in the sudden death, Punjab recorded a comfortable triumph over Odisha as it blanked the latter 3-0. Continue reading →

Haryana vs Odisha and Jharkhand vs Services in Semis of National Games, Kerala

The ongoing 35th National Games today saw Men Hockey teams playing for the semi-final spot at the New Hockey Stadium, Kollam (Kerala), Jharkhand and Haryana topped their Pools ‘A’ and ‘B’ respectively to set semi finals against Services and Odisha respectively. The semi-finals will be played on 10th February 2015 where all four teams will look at beating the opponent and reaching the Finale of the prestigious 35th National Games.

Haryana team during a team bonding session during National Games 2015 in Kollam Kerala

Haryana team during a team bonding session during National Games 2015 in Kollam Kerala

In Pool ‘A’, Jharkhand, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh won two matches each and locked at 4 points each, but on the basis of better goal difference, Jharkhand and Odisha advanced to final four. Haryana were the clear winners in Pool ‘B’ with 5 points from two wins and a draw, followed by Services with 4 points from two wins in three matches. Points table and detailed results of 35th National Games (Men Hockey) are given here:

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India is banking on Goalie Sreejesh in Glasgow 2014 CWG

Scotland, 18 July 2014: Sardar Singh led Indian Men hockey team for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is getting ready for the challenge. Though each player in the team knows that he has to stand up and deliver, but the team is banking on their Vice-Captain & Goalkeeper P R Sreejesh and expecting him to replicate his World Cup performance at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.

Indian Goalkeepers Harjot Singh and PR Sreejesh substitution during 9th place match against Korea at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague

File Photo: Indian Goalie Harjot Singh substituting PR Sreejesh during Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014, The Hague

Speaking ahead of the Commonwealth Games Captain Sardar Singh said, “Our practice session today was on the entire defence line-up and with the likes of players like Gurbaj Singh (164 caps), V R Raghunath (160 caps), Rupinder Pal Singh (89 caps), Birendra Lakra (71 caps) and Kothajit Singh (71 caps) on the defending line, we are confident of being a wall to the opponents and will ensure that getting through the 5 will not be an easy task for them. While all five are working hard on their game, we are even hoping that Goalkeeper P R Sreejesh yet again stands up and delivers like the lion that he proved himself to be during the recently concluded World Cup. It is a sense of pride for me and the entire team when we see Sreejesh motivate all of us. This time the team wants to stand up to the expectations of our peppy and chirpy Goalkeeper”.

He further added, “With vigorous and high intensity training sessions at Glasgow, the team is preparing itself methodically for the upcoming tournament. We are also undertaking video analysis of the previous matches to perfect our skills and techniques and put together effective strategies for the future games.”

The Commonwealth Games will see a total of 10 teams divided into two groups. India is placed along with Wales, Scotland, Australia and South Africa in Pool A while Canada, England, Malaysia, New Zealand and Trinidad & Tobago are placed in Pool B (Full detailed schedule here)

In another interesting news of the day from the home state of Indian Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh, Hockey India has introduced Kerala Hockey as its new Associate Member after disaffiliating Hockey Kerala. The approval is subject to ratification by the Hockey India Executive Board.

The decision to approve the application of Kerala Hockey for the state was taken post disaffiliating Hockey Kerala for irregularities in its functioning and not clarifying them within sufficient time. Hockey Kerala was earlier relegated to Associate Member category by Hockey India Disciplinary Committee in May this year. Interestingly, The new body Kerala Hockey has Hockey India President Mariamma Koshy as its President and Francis K Paul as the General Secretary.

Speaking on the newly formed Kerala Hockey, Hockey India Secretary General Dr. Narinder Batra said, “I am delighted to welcome Kerala Hockey as our new member. I am sure that Kerala Hockey will work diligently to revitalize the sport in the state and their induction in Hockey India will help in nurturing talent at grass root level”.

Hockey India currently has 25 Permanent Members, 21 Associate Members, 2 Members through State Olympic Associations, 6 Academy Members and 1 Hoc-Key Member.

V Baskaran appointed as Manager, High Performance (South Zone) Hockey India

New Delhi, 18th June 2014: With an aim to find fresh talents in the country and to benefit the game at all levels, Hockey India today announced the appointment of Olympic Gold Medalist V Baskaran as the Manager, High Performance (South Zone) Hockey India.

V Baskaran (Manger, High Performance (South Zone), Former Coach and Captain of India)

V Baskaran (Manger, High Performance (South Zone), Former Coach and Captain of India)

He was recently appointed as coach to assist current chief coach Terry Walsh before FIH World League Finals in Delhi in January 2014, and now he will be working under Director High Performance Roelant Oltmans. Baskaran was also the coach of Bhopal Badshahs in World Series Hockey 2012, a league with eight city franchises supported by Hockey India’s rival body Indian Hockey Federation .

In the new set-up, Former coach of the Senior Men Hockey Team, V Baskaran will be working in the direction of implementing the Hockey India development programme as part of overall High Performance programme for men and women hockey at the grassroots level including school, college and district level hockey in the South Zone of the country. Continue reading →

Chhattisgarh won Jr Women Nationals (B-Division)

13 March 2014: Chhattisgarh outclassed Kerala by 6-1 in the finals of the 4th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship (B-Division) to emerge champions at the Astro-turf of Chamundi Vihar grounds in Mysore, while Hockey Gangpur-Odisha finished 3rd with a 2-0 victory against Manipur.

Chhattisgarh: Champions of4th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship (B-Division)

Chhattisgarh: Champions of4th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship (B-Division)

Sadhna Sengar who opened the account in the sixth minute gave the much needed lead. In 13th minute Renu Yadav dodged the defence wall of Kerala and scored the second goal. Upsana Singh who played an instrumental role in the game, scored the third goal for Chhattisgarh which extended the lead. Continue reading →